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Trombonist, Composer, Educator Altin Sencalar

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Altin holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Music Performance) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music degree (Music Performance in Jazz Studies) from Michigan State University. He has held teaching positions at Michigan State University, Brevard Jazz Institute, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Summer Jazz Intensive, Jazz & Creative Institute, Central Texas College, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Iona University. Altin is a Yamaha Performing Artist who exclusively performs on Yamaha Trombones and Euphoniums. He is also a Posi-Tone Recording Artist Picket Blackburn Trumpets & Brass Trombone Brand Ambassador. He is a performing artist for Earasers Earplugs & InEarz Audio, Robinson’s Remedies, and AEA Ribbons Microphones & Pre-Amps. Altin is based in New York City with his wife, Marina, and dogs, Navy & JJ, and is on the music faculty at Iona University in New Rochelle, NY.
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Hailed by Stereophile Magazine for “sound[ing] like 21st-century grandchildren of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding” (with his co-bandleader Chris Glassman) and praised by the International Trombone Associations Journal for his “virtuosity [and] melodic and harmonic mastery,” Altin Sencalar is in high demand across the country as a performer, educator, and composer.
Altin began his studies at Texas State University, where he studied with Freddie Mendoza. While attending Texas State University, he gained entrance into the thriving Austin music scene and began emerging as a new talent. Altin moved to Austin, TX, and attended the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Andre Hayward. He became a fixture in the Austin music scene after being named a “2017 Top 10 Austin Music Awards Horn Player” and recording his debut album, “Introducing Altin Sencalar.”
After completing his bachelor’s degree from the Butler School of Music, he was allowed to travel solo with the University of Texas Jazz Orchestra to the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France. Altin then attended Michigan State University as the Graduate Assistant to Michael Dease and Rodney Whitaker, where he pursued his Master of Music in Jazz Studies. While at Michigan State University, Altin co-founded “The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet,” which has received over $3,000 in funding from the East Lansing Arts Commission and MSU Running Start. This grant allowed the quintet members to tour East Lansing elementary schools and use their knowledge of jazz to educate the young students and provide them with a new potential artistic and creative outlet.
Altin has also gained international and national recognition through numerous competitions and awards. Such honors have come from Yamaha, The American Trombone Workshop Jazz Competition solo divisions, the International Trombone Association’s Jazz Solo – Carl Fontana Competition and J.J. Johnson Competition, the Kai Winding Trombone Ensemble Competition, Texas State Trombone Symposium Michael Rath Jazz Solo Competition, Downbeat Student Music Awards, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium Competition, among others.
As an active performer, Altin has shared the stage, toured, and recorded with DeeDee Bridgewater, Rodney Whitaker, Christian McBride, David Sanborn, Michael Bublé, Dafnis Prieto, Ulysses Owens Jr., John Lee, The Dizzy All-Star Alumni Big Band, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, and many others. He has also recorded for several motion pictures, including Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, My Little Pony: The Movie (2017 release), and other independent films.
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Aclamado por la revista Stereophile por “sonar como los nietos del siglo XXI de JJ Johnson y Kai Winding” (con su codirector de banda Chris Glassman) y elogiado por el International Trombone Association Journal por su “virtuosismo [y] dominio melódico y armónico. ”, Altin Sencalar tiene una gran demanda en todo el país como intérprete, educador y compositor.
Altin inició sus estudios en la Universidad Estatal de Texas, donde estudió con Freddie Mendoza. Mientras asistía a la Universidad Estatal de Texas, logró ingresar a la próspera escena musical de Austin y comenzó a emerger como un nuevo talento. Altin se mudó a Austin, TX, y asistió a la Escuela de Música Butler de la Universidad de Texas en Austin, donde estudió bajo la tutela de Andre Hayward. Se convirtió en un elemento fijo de la escena musical de Austin después de ser nombrado “Top 10 Trompetista de los Austin Music Awards 2017” y grabar su álbum debut, “Introtaining Altin Sencalar”.
Después de completar su licenciatura en la Butler School of Music, se le permitió viajar solo con la Orquesta de Jazz de la Universidad de Texas al Festival de Jazz de Montreaux, el Festival de Jazz del Mar del Norte y los Jardines de Luxemburgo en París, Francia. Luego, Altin asistió a la Universidad Estatal de Michigan como asistente graduado de Michael Dease y Rodney Whitaker, donde realizó su Maestría en Música en Estudios de Jazz. Mientras estaba en la Universidad Estatal de Michigan, Altin cofundó “The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet”, que ha recibido más de $3000 en financiación de la Comisión de Artes de East Lansing y MSU Running Start. Esta subvención permitió a los miembros del quinteto recorrer las escuelas primarias de East Lansing y utilizar sus conocimientos de jazz para educar a los jóvenes estudiantes y brindarles una nueva salida artística y creativa potencial.
Altin también ha obtenido reconocimiento nacional e internacional a través de numerosos concursos y premios. Dichos honores provienen de Yamaha, las divisiones solistas del American Trombone Workshop Jazz Competition, el Jazz Solo – Carl Fontana Competition de la International Trombone Association y J.J. Johnson, el Kai Winding Trombone Ensemble Competition, el Texas State Trombone Symposium Michael Rath Jazz Solo Competition, los Downbeat Student Music Awards y el Rich Matteson Jazz Bombardium de la International Tuba-Eufonium Association, entre otros.
Como intérprete activo, Altin ha compartido escenario, realizado giras y grabado con DeeDee Bridgewater, Rodney Whitaker, Christian McBride, David Sanborn, Michael Bublé, Dafnis Prieto, Ulysses Owens Jr., John Lee, The Dizzy All-Star Alumni Big Band. , The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Ne-Yo, Big Sean y muchos otros. También ha grabado para varias películas, incluidas El gato con botas: El último deseo, My Little Pony: The Movie (estreno en 2017) y otras películas independientes.

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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